Weekend brunch options around downtown Montréal

This article was updated on May 14, 2019.

Brunch is a very Montréal affair. Montrealers partake in this culinary tradition quite regularly with complete abandon – and at a leisurely pace – to start the weekend on the right note. While there are tons of delicious brunch options all over the city, here are some of our favourites in and around the downtown core.

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Old Montréal

Le Cartet
Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Part restaurant, part fine food store, Le Cartet has a very New York feel to it. It’s open almost all day, every day but is especially nice for weekend brunch. Le Cartet also doubles as a fine food store with an impressive collection of chocolates.

Brasserie 701
Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Saturday brunches at Brasserie 701 are laidback, while Sundays are set to the beat of an in-house DJ. The brunch menu includes items such as fried chicken, mac and cheese as well as your usual omelettes and egg dishes and the signature house cocktails.

Restaurant Holder
Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.to 3 p.m.

A typical French brasserie, Holder’s cuisine is classic française. The brunch menu includes great omelettes and eggs Benedict as well as a kids’ menu and some classic brasserie dishes like meat and fish tartares and steak served with frites (French fries).

Olive et Gourmando
Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m.

A classic breakfast and brunch option in Old Montréal, Olive et Gourmando’s pastry counter and delicious sandwiches have garnered a well-earned reputation of being some of the best in town. The week-end brunch menu is short yet contains nothing but deliciousness and the always available “poached egg on your face” panini is one of the best sandwiches in town.

Hambar
Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.to 3 p.m.

Renowned for its hams that hail from all over the world and its homemade charcuterie, this “hambar” also serves a great brunch, which includes items such as French toast with sautéed mushrooms and the house Montecristo sandwich.

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Maison Christian Faure
Downtown and Old Montréal locations
Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m.

This elegant French pastry shop serves a classic brunch board, which includes eggs Benedict on a puff pastry bun, French toast and fresh fruit. Don’t forget to try a croissant or one of the delicious pastries available.

Un Po Di Piu

Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m.

Inspired by Italy’s coffee culture, Old Montréal’s Un Po Di Piu is open from morning to evening in an ambiance that overlaps the space’s historical details, such as the stonewalls, with its new stunning décor. The brunch menu includes items such as a weekend Porchetta and a brioche with olive oil and homemade Nutella.

Dandy

Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m.

Open for breakfast every day of the week, Dandy’s brunch menu options include a variety of delicious dishes, from a fried chicken sandwich to a stack of ricotta pancakes served with a Meyer lemon cream.

Jiao Dim Sum Bar

Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m.

In a ranking of the most beautiful restaurants in Montréal, Jiao would certainly make the top tier. This modern dim sum bar has items such as a breakfast banh mi and egg and bacon dumplings on its brunch menu.

Restaurant Mélisse

Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

It is an absolute joy to dine in Restaurant Mélisse’s charming Instagram dream of a décor. The elaborate menu is market-inspired and includes flaky pastries, light choices and hearty dishes, including many vegetarian options.

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Downtown

Brasserie Le Pois Penché
Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

A big bustling brasserie right in the heart of downtown Montréal, Le Pois Penché’s brunch menu is two pages long and will have you hesitating between the tartares, the fresh seafood platter, the classic egg dishes and the warm homemade pastries.

Maison Boulud
Saturday and Sunday, noon to 2:30 p.m.

Daniel Boulud’s eponymous “Maison” is located inside the Ritz-Carlton hotel and serves a unique two-course or three-course weekend brunch in the elegant dining room.  In the summer, enjoy your brunch in the courtyard, a veritable garden oasis right in the heart of downtown Montréal.

Café Parvis
Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.

Adjacent to the Quartier des spectacles, downtown Montréal’s “festival centre”, Café Parvis is a lovely spot any time of day, but especially in the morning. Savour your weekend mornings at Parvis with a delicious latté, some of its delectable brunch items and, of course, the fabulous decor.

Restaurant ChinaTown Kim Fung

Saturdays and Sundays, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

If you fancy traditional dim sum fare, head to Chinatown’s Restaurant ChinaTown Kim Fung for some of the best in Montréal. Get there early if you don’t want to wait, but the lineup is well worth it for the dozens of delicious dim sum baskets and plates circulating around the room.

Universel Déjeuners et Grillades

Saturdays and Sundays from 7 a.m.

With two locations in downtown Montréal, Universel Déjeuners et Grillades is a classic breakfast restaurant serving usual breakfast dishes made really well, in addition to healthy and vegetarian options.

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Juliette & Chocolat

Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m.

Is there anything more decadent than having a chocolate-drizzled specialty for brunch? Juliette & Chocolat is the spot par excellence for chocolate lovers. Sure, you can have a savoury crêpe or waffle, but why do that when you can indulge in a bananutella crêpe?

Renoir

Saturdays and Sundays, 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Renoir is located inside the Sofitel Hotel in the heart of Montréal’s Golden Square Mile district. The cuisine by an award-winning chef and an award-winning pastry chef is rooted in French and inspired by the seasons. Weekend brunch is served, and the copious, fixed price Sunday buffet is especially delicious.

Colette Grand Café

Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. / Sundays, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Colette Grand Café serves brunch all day long on Saturdays and Sundays. Breakfast staples, sandwiches and dishes such as tartares and hearty salads are on the menu of this beautiful Parisian-inspired restaurant located inside the Holt Renfrew store.

Rosélys Restaurant

Sundays, 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Located in the renovated Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Rosélys Restaurant’ gorgeous dining room is flooded with light and centered around the imposing central bar and double height ceiling. Sunday brunch is a fixed price affair that includes feasting on seafood, pastries, breakfast staples and more at the different stations scattered around the room.

Quartiers du Canal

The Burgundy Lion
Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Pub Burgundy Lion blends traditional British pub fare with a modern lounge bar atmosphere for a unique twist on British pub cuisine. Brunch options range from Kippers n’ Eggs to “Please Sir” Porridge, in addition to all the usual breakfast staples. Wash it down with a Mimosa Mystique or a Burgundy Julep. Hey, it’s the weekend.

Le Bird Bar

Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Funky Le Bird Bar is in the heart of Griffintown. This is where the trendy crowd gathers to chow down on chicken and waffles, avocado toast or truffle mac and cheese. Forget the latte and order one of the inventive cocktails.

Patrice Pâtissier

Sundays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Great news! The best pastry shop in Montréal also serves weekend brunch. At Patrice Pâtissier, expect delicate and flaky pastries, baked eggs and more seasonal and beautifully plated dishes. And do leave room for dessert.

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The Village

O’Thym
Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

O’Thym has been around for years but is a newcomer on the brunch scene. It has, however, started with a bang with a great menu that includes a vegetarian option, as well as something for the meat and fish lovers. O’Thym is a BYOB restaurant, so don’t forget to bring a bottle of bubbly with you.

Tendresse

Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m.

In a decor rich in bold colours (from an old rose banquette to mustard yellow velvet seating), Tendresse is a welcome addition to the Village’s dining scene. The brunch menu is filled with delicious options that just happen to be vegan.

Agrikol

Sundays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Popular Haitian restaurant Agrikol has jumped on the brunch bandwagon, much to the delight of Montréal foodies. It will be serving Haitian cuisine classics such as giraumon (or joumou) soup and various seafood dishes. Come summertime, the charming terrasse is the place to be.

Plateau/Mile End

Bistrot La Fabrique
Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

La Fabrique’s dining room is designed around the open kitchen that takes centre stage in this dynamic bistro where the food is based on local and seasonal products. The brunch menu is an elaborate affair that includes dishes such as bread pudding with egg, thick-cut bacon and maple-sautéed onions along with a melted cheese pan with brioche, maple and apple confit. Creative!

Mayssam Samaha

Mayssam Samaha, blogger

Mayssam Samaha is a food and travel writer and blogger and the founder behind the blog Will Travel for Food. She travels the world in search of the next culinary discovery. From Iceland to South Africa, she’s already visited over 30 countries and there’s nothing she enjoys more than wandering around a farmers’ market in a foreign city. She is also the founder of the SAISONS intimate dinner series highlighting Québec products and chefs.

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